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Postseason Pre-Gamin’: ALCS Game 1 (7:07 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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The ALCS kicks off tonight with the Boston Red Sox visiting the Houston Astros in a rematch of the 2018 ALCS. The Red Sox enter this series well-rested after knocking off the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays in just four games in their ALDS matchup. The last time we saw the Red Sox and the Astros in the ALCS, the Red Sox defeated Houston four games to one en route to an eventual World Series Championship.

Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox – ALCS Game 1

It’ll be a matchup of talented southpaws that didn’t fare so well in their first go-round his postseason, with Chris Sale taking on Framber Valdez at Minute Maid Park tonight. Chris Sale was touched up for five earned runs on four hits and a walk in just one inning of work against Tampa Bay in the ALDS. Framber Valdez allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk in Houston’s Game 3 loss to the White Sox in their ALDS matchup with Chicago.

The Astros looked like a well-oiled machine en route to their fifth consecutive ALCS appearance, quickly dispatching the White Sox in four games. Still, the Red Sox handled the heavily-favored Tampa Bay Rays just as convincingly in their matchup, setting up what should be a fantastic ALCS this year.

Broadcast Info

First Pitch: 7:07 PM (CT)
TV: FOX
Radio: ESPN 1000

Starting Pitching Matchup

Framber Valdez (LHP) – 2021: 11-6, 3.14 ERA – 2021 Postseason: 0-0, 4.1 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 6 K, 1 BB

vs.

Chris Sale (LHP) – 2021: 5-1, 3.16 ERA – 2021 Postseason: 0-0, 1.0 IP, 5 ER, 4 H, 2 K, 1 BB

Starting Lineups

Houston Astros

1. Jose Altuve 2B
2. Michael Brantley DH
3. Alex Bregman 3B
4. Yordan Alvarez LF
5. Carlos Correa SS
6. Kyle Tucker RF
7. Yuli Gurriel 1B
8. Chas McCormick CF
9. Martin Maldonado C

Boston Red Sox

1. Enrique Hernandez CF
2. Kyle Schwarber 1B
3. Xander Bogaerts SS
4. Rafael Devers 3B
5. J.D. Martinez DH
6. Hunter Renfroe RF
7. Alex Verdugo LF
8. Christian Arroyo 2B
9. Christian Vazquez C



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.